How will White follow his Heisman season?

Mel Kiper takes a look at the top NFL prospects taking to the college gridiron in 2004, as well as some juniors who could shake up the draft.

Originally Published: May 5, 2004
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
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Q: Where do you see Oklahoma QB Jason White getting drafted next year, if at all?
Bill, Abilene, Texas
Even another Heisman-quality season may not get Jason White drafted before the third round.
KIPER: Had White come out after his Heisman-winning 2003 season he would have been a third or fourth-round pick, and as far as the 2005 draft is concerned he projects to about the same area. And if White can separate himself in the battle with Paul Thompson for the starting job he will have a solid offensive line in front of him and a talented group of wide receivers led by Mark Clayton on the outside.

White has suffered ACL tears in both knees and gone from a mobile scrambler to a pure drop-back passer, but he has good size (6-3, 221) and a good arm to go with his quality leadership ability. None of his physical skills jump out, though, and even if he has another season equal to the 3,846 yards and 40 TDs he piled up last year he still probably rates as a third or fourth-rounder because he does not have the high upside potential of a lot of other QBs.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst
Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.